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June 11, 2010
EPA schedules conference calls for tribal consultation policy
The Environmental Protection Agency will hold two conference calls to discuss its tribal consultation policy. The first call takes place Wednesday, June 30, from 3pm to 4:30pm Eastern Time. To...

White Earth candidate who lost by 28 votes seeks a recount
A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians of Minnesota who lost his election by 28 votes wants a recount. Kenneth Coleman ran for District II Representative. He...

New Mexico panel will discuss amphitheater at Indian school
The New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee will discuss the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater at Santa Fe Indian School today. The committee put the item on the agenda although it appears...

House Resource Committee markup includes three land bills
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold an open markup session next Wednesday, June 16. Two of the bills on the agenda address tribal land issues. H.R.4445, the Indian Pueblo...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee acts on nominees and bills
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee took action on several items at a business meeting on Thursday. The committee approved the nomination of Tracie Stevens as chairman of the National Indian...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee oversight hearing on NCLB
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold an oversight hearing next Thursday, June 17. The hearing will focus on the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The law required...

Judge won't allow county to avoid Indian voting rights ruling
A federal judge said he won't allow Fremont County in Wyoming to ignore his decision in an Indian voting rights lawsuit. Judge Alan B. Johnson determined that the county's at-large...

Two incumbents ousted in Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe election
Members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota ousted two incumbents in an election on Tuesday. Secretary-treasurer Herb Weyaus lost his bid for re-election. Curt Kalk won by...

Pueblo man fights eight-year sentence issued by tribal court
A man from Nambe Pueblo in New Mexico says an eight-year sentence handed down by his tribe's court violates the Indian Civil Rights Act (ICRA). Ronald Romero was given the...

Letter: Navajo Nation commission clings to victim mentality
"The PC police may crucify me, but somebody has to say it. The Farmington Community Relations Commission is working on a general agreement with the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission,...

Opinion: Renewable energy deals must benefit tribal nations
"Returning from yet another “Renewable Energy in Indian Country” conference, I was struck by what passes for a “fair” or “equitable” renewable energy development deal in Indian country. My question...

Tulalip Tribes hire housing official who played role in scandal
The Tulalip Tribes of Washington have hired a former housing official who played a role in a housing scandal in the 1990s, The Everett Herald reports. An investigation by the...

Counties ask Supreme Court to hear Cayuga Nation tax case
Officials in Cayuga County and Seneca County in New York will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the Cayuga Nation tobacco tax case. The counties sued two tribal smoke...

Choctaw Nation prepared to take action over transfer of lake
The Choctaw Nation is prepared to take action if the Oklahoma Water Resources Board votes to transfer control of a lake within tribal territory to Oklahoma City. "We prefer to...

Sen. Barrasso won't pull amendment to trust fund settlement
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), the vice chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, won't drop efforts to change the $3.4 billion settlement to the Indian trust fund lawsuit. Barrasso has...

Review: A Comanche leader in 'Empire of the Summer Moon'
"If Custer illustrates how the spotlight of history sometimes shines on the wrong actor, Quanah Parker exemplifies the more deserving who get left in the shadows. One hopes a...

Tracey Fisher: Tribes tap into other resources on reservation
"Tribal leaders do not have to shoulder all the responsibility for economic and community development alone. In many Native communities, other non-tribal resources are becoming more and more commonplace. These...

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